Sport in Expressionist Art

Kramer, Andreas. 2019. Sport in Expressionist Art. International Journal of the History of Sport, 35(17-18), pp. 1692-1709. ISSN 0952-3367 [Article]

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This article explores representations of modern sport in the art of German Expressionism, c. 1910–1920. Following a brief outline of the movement’s main artistic concerns and historical contexts, the discussion will focus on a small number of artworks that depict a range of modern sports (cycling, football, and boxing) as well as exemplify some of the movement’s main artistic genres – from painting to woodcut to sculpture to film. As well as paying attention to genre, style, and other artistic features, I will explore the ways in which these Expressionist representations of sports emerged, and the cultural contexts in which they operated. As the article focuses on a movement contributing to the development of twentieth-century art, rather than an individual artist or a specific sport, it will, finally, articulate the methodological implications of the approach taken here, and consider the relationship between art history and sport history.

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Expressionism, visual art, sport, cycling, boxing, football

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English and Comparative Literature


25 April 2018Accepted
23 May 2019Published Online

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23 Jul 2018 13:28

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23 Nov 2020 02:26

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